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(Updated    October 6 2017
Total no. of  phone subscriptions: 1.235 billion (1235 million)
Mobiles    1211 million 
Landlines: 24 million 
Total no. of PCs: 150 million 
Internet users:  400 million  including  mobile Internet 159  million
Broadband:   296 million
(wired:  20 million;   wireless : 276 million)
TV owning houses: 150 million ( DTH: 54 million)
DTH operators: 6;     Private TV channel  826

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The new 'reality' of Culture marketing and conservation
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The new 'reality' of Culture marketing and conservation
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The new 'reality' of Culture marketing and conservation
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The new 'reality' of Culture marketing and conservation
AI driven nutrition bot coming soon from Healthify app

Product Pulse  
10.or is a value-for-money 4G VoLTE phone
IT happened in India
  The new 'reality' of Culture marketing and conservation
October  16 2017: Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality   have both been around for a couple of years  and have found applications in vertical markets like medicine, tourism and e-commerce.  But  they are also  making a dramatic difference in an unlikely sector -- culture and history. ....
Mahindra & Mahindra showcases India's first driverless tractors
 They will relieve farmers of repetitive tasks like sowing and harvesting October 16 2017: Some of the most important tasks in agriculture are also the most repetitive -- and boring.   Sowing seeds,  tilling the soil, watering the crops,  harvesting the crop. ....
AI driven nutrition bot coming soon from Healthify app
Bangalore, October 14 2017: Leading health and fitness start-up, HealthifyMe today unveiled the world’s first-ever conversational Artificial Intelligence (AI)-enabled nutritionist Ria. ...
Indian enterprises yet to take cyber security seriously: Fortinet survey
October  13 2017:  Global   enterprise  security solutions leader,Fortinet,  has released  announced the findings of its new Global Enterprise Security Survey which finds that  Indian businesses are not treating cyber security as a top priority -- yet. ...
India takes Make in India Message to Sweden
October 13 20127: A 2-day Make in India event was held in Stockholm, Sweden  concludes  today The aim was to  explore synergies and avenues of partnership between Indian and Swedish manufacturing industries. ...

Education and e-learning
TI Innovation contest showcases student prowess
Bangalore, July 30, 2017:  Sri Ramakrishna Institute of Technology College, Coimbatore  has won Chairman’s Award for the best innovative product for the Texas Instruments India Innovation Challenge Design Contest 2016 with their entry:Watchdog for agricultural farms. ....
Play games and learn the Playablo way!
Bangalore, July 20, 2017: Playablo, a Bangalore-based startup that provides  gamified learning and skill assessment platform for CBSE and ICSE students of grades 1 to 5, has tied up with Unnati, a Bangalore-based NGO  to help re-skill young adults. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
Use VPNs when on holiday to avoid dangers of public WiFi
October 17, 2017: A recent  study by Internet security specialist, McAfee, points to  the looming dangers of public Wifi while on holiday. The study entitled "Digital Detox – Unwind, Relax and Unplug" finds that only 43% of survey respondents went on vacation in the last year with the intent to unplug their Internet connection. ....
Virtual Assistants are the latest travel aids
October 16 2017: The iPhone has Siri.  Microsoft has Cortana. Amazon has Alexa and  Google has Google Assistant .... all Artificial Intelligence-fueled  smart virtual assistants   that let users talk instead of typing their queries.  You can get the latest weather -- or order a pizza -- straight from your mobile phone, because these assistants are cross linked by their respective search engines  to dozens of e-commerce sites and information resources. ....

Aster healthcare group launches an app for the Golden Hour
New Delhi, May 28, 2017: Leading  India and UAE healthcare chain Aster, has launched an app  that aims to save lives during the so-called Golden Hour. The Aster Emergency App ( Android link here)  provides a real-time interface between the patient in emergency and a GPS-enabled Aster ‘Responder’. ....
LiveHealth grows to cover 450 diagnostic centres in India
April 16 2017: A Pune based health care startup founded in November 2013   has grown to cover 450 centres in 43 cities in India, serving  600,000 patients.  LiveHealth  delivers medical records to patients on their mobiles, and connects them to healthcare providers in their city,  creating a smooth and seamless  ecosystem for well being. ....
PSTakeCare is an app for that surgical journey
Bangalore, December 4 2016: Developed by Takecare Technology Pvt. Ltd,  PSTakeCare is an Android health app that provides end-to-end assistance for patients who need to undergo a surgery. ...

Product Pulse
10.or is a value-for-money 4G VoLTE phone
 New Chinese phone, 10.or, offers  good combo of specs  & price Bangalore, October 9 2017: Indians are great at sniffing out a good deal. They've shown that   they don't  like to pay a premium for a brand name when it comes to smart phones. ....
Asus Zenfone 4 selfie series: the power of 3
Bangalore, October 2 2017: Most mobile brands release 'special edition' devices to cash in on the festive season in India. Asus has just released three new smart phones in its ZenFone 4 Selfie series, and each of these devices promise a superior selfie experience. ....
Samsung launches external solid state drives
Samsung  Solid state external storage  is very small and very fast -- but  you have to pay a hefty premium for this Bangalore, September 20 2017:  The age-old  debate over  hard drive-versus- solid state drive  has been settled --or so we thought. ...

IT's for you
  Softbank invests in Indian talent-led Findability
Mumbai, October 13, 2017 - Japan's SoftBank Corp. and US based  Indian talent driven Findability Sciences Inc. today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement to establish a joint venture (JV), which will offer a proprietary software product developed by Findability Sciences. ....
Ethical snooping!
People, pets or things,  Letstrack devices harness GPS to buy you peace of mind Bangalore, October 9 2017: Over-seventy senior citizens who misplace their spectacles or phone; pet owners  whose dog strays away from home; parents who agonize over the safety of their children or car owners  whose vehicle has been stolen. ....
CDO Converge to focus on Digital Marketing in Mumbai next month
Mumbai, September 5 2017: Kamikaze B2B Media  brings CDO Converge & Digital Industry Award  to Taj Lands End, Mumbai on October  4 2017. ...
Keyless car entry is here
Technology that has been available in pricier personal  vehicles, may soon trickle down to every car -- and your mobile phone will be the key tool. ...
For the record re Infosys management crisis
Due to the historic and unprecedented developments at Infosys today, We bring you all the rtelevant documents released by the company. ...

IT people
  Infosys co-founder Narayanamurthy honoured
Bangalore, September 5  2017: Infosys co-founder N.R Narayana Murthy  has been honoured  with PLuS Alliance Prize ­– a prestigious honour that recognises Research Innovation, Education Innovation, Global Leadership and Global Innovation. ....
Sudipto Gupta is new CEO of MRO-TEK
Bangalore, September 5  2017: MRO-TEK Realty Ltd   has  announced  the appointment of the former Country Director of Wistron Corp’s Indian operations, Sudipto Gupta as Chief Executive Officer effective this month. In his stint at Wistron Corp’s Indian operations, Gupta had several notable achievements to his credit such as executing and managing a complex national distribution network for one of the Top 3 PC brands and setting up Wistron Corp’s Indian operations’ first owned, high-tech manufacturing plant for a global tech giant at Peenya in Bangalore. ....
Samir Dhar is new Virtusa President
Bangalore, August 22 2017: Samir Dhar is the new President of  global provider of information technology (IT) consulting and outsourcing services, Virtusa Corporation. ...

Best of the rest
Sarahah Creator Is Thankful Of Indians Who Taught Him Programming & Proud They're Using The App
The Saudi Arabian developer who created the app, Zain al-Abdin Tawfiq, says he was actually set on his way by Indian programmers.  INDIA TODAY August 16 2017

Government asks Google, Facebook, WhatsApp to remove BlueWhale suicide dare
To ensure the safety of people on the internet, especially of children, the Indian government has asked social media and internet giants like Facebook, Google, WhatsApp, Instagram among others to get rid of the links to the 'Blue Whale' suicide game. FINANCIAL EXPRESS August 16 2017

Layoff fear creates opportunities for online professional courses
As Indian IT services companies gear up to embrace new technologies like automation, artificial intelligence, big data and cloud to meet client demands, the need for reskilling and upskilling is growing. Over the years, the IT industry has faced the challenge of finding right talent as the technology landscape is undergoing rapid changes.Betting big on this opportunity, a group of online learning and education start-ups are providing digital courses to individual employees and corporates to help them get skilled and become future-ready employees. These companies provide both offline and online curricula that enable working professionals pursue various courses....THE HINDU  June 18 2017


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